Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o has applauded the government’s plan to extend the Standard Gauge Railways (SGR) from Nakuru to Kisumu. He expressed his anticipation of a flourishing lake transport system.
In a statement on Tuesday, Governor Nyong’o emphasized the potential of this initiative, spearheaded by Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen, to invigorate businesses throughout the region.
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He highlighted that the extension of SGR to the lakeside city will significantly enhance transport services in Lake Victoria, fostering both everyday travel and commercial activities.
“This is good news because the project will greatly improve transport services between Kisumu and Uganda besides supporting both ordinary travels and businesses,” Nyong’o remarked.
Nyong’o underscored the positive impact on the revitalization of Kisumu Port, noting that trains delivering goods to the port will catalyze efficient distribution to neighboring countries.
“The needed expansion of transport between the Lake Region and the rest of Kenya has awaited the arrival of the SGR for a long time. We hope all will be done to expedite this project,” he added.
Governor Nyong’o also emphasized that the completion of the SGR extension will contribute to economic growth in Western Kenya and unlock the potential of the Western Kenya Tourism Circuit, boasting numerous tourist destinations.
Encouraged by CS Murkomen’s announcement of the government’s commitment to achieving 35 percent of the project by December, Nyong’o expressed optimism for the timely realization of the SGR extension.
Initially planned to run from Mombasa to Kisumu, the SGR project, initiated by former President Uhuru Kenyatta, faced challenges and halted in Nakuru due to funding constraints. Murkomen’s recent statement reaffirms the government’s dedication to completing the extension as originally envisioned.
The first phase of the SGR, from Mombasa to Naivasha, received funding of Sh350 billion from the Chinese Government.